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Sara Pauff: Events to get the kids off the couch

“I’m bored.”

Parents, you’ve probably heard this refrain. To get the phrase exactly right, you have stretch it out to seven syllables -- “I’m booooored” -- and add a healthy dose of whine. Kids, you’ve probably said it, slouched on the couch on Saturday with nothing to do but watch reruns of iCarly.

I’m here to help. Every Saturday in this column, I’ll list a few family-friendly events going on in the Chattahoochee Valley.

If you have a suggestion for an event to include, e-mail me at or call me at 706-320-4469.

Here’s what’s going on this weekend:

-- Little Baby Snoogle-Fleejer: Also known as “the play with the unpronounceable name.” Based on a children’s book by former President Jimmy Carter, it’s about a boy who is bullied by other children because he is physically disabled. Then he becomes best friends with a sea monster, has all kinds of adventures and saves a village. Most of the cast are local elementary and middle school students.

The show plays at the Springer Opera House today at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and is appropriate for children in elementary school. Tickets cost $5-$10 and can be purchased online or at the Springer’s box office. For more info, call 706-327-3688.

-- Doo-Nanny: Another event with a funny name. Located on an 80-acre farm in Seale, Ala., the Doo-Nanny includes an outdoor art show, short film festival, concerts, camping, home cooking and a giant bonfire, called the Doo-Nanny Burn. The burn on Saturday night might not be the best idea for young children, but the art show and film festival could make a good Saturday or Sunday afternoon outside. And it’s free.

Drive out to 41 Poorhouse Road (this is where your GPS comes in handy) between 10 a.m and 5 p.m. today or between noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday. If you’re interested in going to the Doo-Nanny Burn, wristbands are $15 and the fire burns from 6 p.m. to midnight today.

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-- Musical petting zoo: Llamas with trumpets! No, that’s not the plot of my next children’s book. This musical petting zoo is part of an open house for children at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. Kids will have a chance to play musical games, listen to mini-concerts and try out different musical instruments. Parents can also register their kids for classes in the school’s Kindermusik or Suzuki violin program.

If your kid likes to bang on pots and pans or sing to the mirror, pretending they’re a rock star, this is the perfect Saturday afternoon activity. It’s also a great way to introduce any kid to the arts at a young age.

The open house runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts and is free. Children ages 3 and older are welcome.

For more information, call 706-649-7225.

Contact Sara Pauff at 706-320-4469.

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